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January 31, 2014

Tears of Joy: Google’s “Smart” Contact Lens Glucometer

The dreaded finger stick. Every nursing student remembers performing their first one on a patient. It involves a spring-loaded sharp lancet which pricks a small hole in the patient’s finger, from which a drop of blood is drawn and tested for its blood sugar level with a handheld device. It’s a way of life for many diabetics, who may require testing their blood sugar several times a day. This means enduring thousands of finger sticks over the course of years, a cumbersome and painful reminder of this chronic disease. However, this invasive test may become a thing of the past. Yesterday, Google...
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September 30, 2015

A Real “View” of Nurses and Stethoscopes

Joy Behar of the TV show The View recently generated controversy when she mocked Kelly Johnson, a nurse who was Colorado’s entrant in the 2015 Miss America pageant, for giving a monologue about working with an Alzheimer’s patient. Suellen Breakey, PhD, RN, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and the interim director of the Master of Science in Nursing generalist program, addressed Behar’s comments to the MGH Institute’s 93 first-year nurse practitioner students during the School’s annual White Coat ceremony on September 18. Her commentary is below. I would be remiss if I didn’t...
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June 15, 2015

“Top Ten” things we’ll miss when we leave Lesotho

Ok, maybe it's a few more... 1. The cordiality of our hosts at Maluti Adventist College. 2. Being asked whether we slept well. 3. Being asked whether we’re warm and having our hosts find additional heaters for us. Our precious paraffin heater 4. The wonderful vegetarian meals cooked for us by the Cafeteria Ladies. The team enjoys the breakfast smorgasbord. 5. Their kindness to us when we requested essential bathroom supplies. 6. The beautiful voices of the church choir and the churchgoers as they sang their hymns. 7. The kindness of the church attendees who shared their prayer books with us...
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April 5, 2017

Making Interprofessional Competency “Visible”

We are having a conversation. I am a physician and you are a physical therapist, both of us clinical educators, both of us invested in actively promoting interprofessional (IP) education and understanding on behalf of IP collaborative practice. We know the competency domains for IP collaboration, we mutually share them as a vision for how we teach and work with health professions students and faculty. But, is our role-modeling of IP communication and collaboration sufficient to make IP competency “visible” to our learners? Activities: IP team-building exercises, case analyses, curriculum...
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October 17, 2013

Shout Out to PT Professionals for National Physical Therapy Month

A note from Alex: It is National Physical Therapy Month. I am interrupting the series on "The Impact of Impact" and will follow up with Part III soon. In the meantime I wanted to acknowledge National Physical Therapy Month with a shout out to our own PT program. I also am taking this moment to express some thanks for special attention I have received from the PT profession over the past year or so. I don't usually use this blog for highly personal matters, but I am violating that rule today. In any case, I hope that you will join me in saluting and thanking our PT colleagues-faculty, students...
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September 12, 2013

Apps that save you time!

As a student or professional, one thing is clear these days; you need to make your life as efficient as possible. With all this technology, comes the extra pressures of always being available to connect with friends and family, and stay up to date on topics of interest. Did you know there is a Boston mayoral election in a couple of months? You should, it is an important race and affects the Health Professions. Here are some applications, tips, and tricks to keep you organized and give you more time to enjoy the finer things in life. Applications that simplify your life. Flipboard. Have you...
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July 26, 2017

The Value of Health Professions Education

When speaking to all kinds of people about health profession education, I often get asked, "Why do people get a master's degree in health professions education?" or "Sounds very interesting but where would it lead?" I, of course, convey the passion and conviction I have for this field when answering these questions. I have also found one resource in particular to be extremely informative and helpful. It is a lot more unbiased than I am and most who read it, thank me for the reference! Anyway, it's a relatively brief analysis of "the motivation and needs of 20 educator/clinicians in multiple...
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December 22, 2014

NP students to be part of mission trip to Dominican Republic

The MGH Institute is partnering with Christian Medical Mission (CMM), Good Samaritan Hospital , and a surgical team from Boston Medical Center on a medical mission trip to La Romana, Dominican Republic, from Jan. 2-10, 2015. The 13-member team will provide nursing, medical, and surgical care to Dominicans in the La Roman area and to Haitians working in the bateyes (sugar cane fields). This is the 3rd team of nurse practitioner students I will have the privilege of taking to the Caribbean nation. The focus of service on this trip is two-fold: The NP students will be involved with health...
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November 20, 2013

Compassionate Care

As a health-care lawyer and son of a physician, Ken Schwartz thought he understood how care delivery worked. When he was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer in 1994, however, he unexpectedly gained a new perspective--that of a patient. He underwent CT scans, a bronchoscopy, exploratory surgery, and chemotherapy. Ken quickly realized that effective health care goes beyond knowing which tests to order or which drugs to administer. As he wrote before his death, "What matters most is that they [the care givers] have empathized with me in a way that gives me hope and makes me feel like a human...
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November 4, 2013

Alum Helps Red Sox Win

One of the reasons why the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series is due to the work of a man who never put on a uniform or faced a big league pitcher. Dan Dyrek, PT, DPT, a 2003 Doctor of Physical Therapy alumnus of MGH Institute of Health Professions, became Coordinator of Sports Medicine for the 2013 season after being a consultant the prior year. His mission: to work on keeping the players on the field and off the disabled list. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com recently wrote a story on Dr. Dyrek’s special relationship with designated hitter David Ortiz, who calls him a “genius” and credits him...
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